By Scott Harvey
Commerce – The Hunt Memorial Hospital District board of trustees Tuesday accepted a recommendation from the City of Commerce to make the Commerce Fire Department a member of the District's first responder organization.
The Commerce Fire Department over the past several weeks has been serving as the City's FRO, after the City Council decided to deny the toning out of the Emergency Corps when both sides were unable to agree on a contract.
E-Corps continues to answer calls outside Commerce City limits, and is available to assist the fire department if called upon.
In a recent interview with KETR, Commerce Mayor Quay Throgmorton said he hopes the City and E-Corps can soon come to terms on a contract, but said it is not in the best interest of the City to tone out an organization there is no contract with.
In October, 2007, the Commerce City Council decided to tone out the Fire Department at the same time as E-Coprs for emergency medical situations inside city limits. According to Throgmorton, the City has been working to get a contract with E-Corps for the past two years.